Technical Support – Getting technical help when in need

Geoff Haines, N1GY – ARRL West Central Florida Section Technical Coordinator

 

PURPOSE FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT

“Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communications and technical phases of the art.”  [FCC Rules Part 97.1(c)]

One of the five main tenants of the amateur radio service is technical advancement and advancing the technical abilities and skills of the amateur radio operator.


RESOURCES FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT

 

ARRL WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA SECTION TECHNICAL NET
Every Thursday evening at 2100 (9:00 P.M.)  – NI4CE Repeater System.

If you have a technical question in any phase of amateur radio, bring your question to the ARRL WCF Section Technical Net.  There are ARRL Technical Specialists who check in on the net that either can answer your question or can refer to someone who can.  The net is held on the NI4CE Repeater System.  Click on the link just given for a list of repeaters and a coverage map.

Net Controls for this Net are:  Geoff Haines N1GY, Phil Wilson N8IPS, and Darrell Davis KT4WX (Alternate).

THE EXPERIMENTER:  The official ARRL West Central Florida Section Technical Newsletter

Published once a quarter, THE EXPERIMENTER has articles most if not entirely written by one our ARRL Technical Specialists or by Geoff Haines N1GY our Technical Coordinator.  Geoff also serves as the editor of THE EXPERIMENTER.

Please click here for THE EXPERIMENTER past archive issues that are available.  We will be adding more as time goes on.

If you wish to submit an article for THE EXPERIMENTER you can submit the article to Geoff Haines N1GY our Technical Coordinator.   You can submit those via email to Geoff at n1gy@arrl.net Microsoft Word format is preferred but any format is acceptable and can be used.

SUBMIT A TECHNICAL QUESTION FOR OUR SECTION HERE ONLINE

If you have a Technical Question and cannot wait for the ARRL WCF Technical Net you can fill out our online contact form and submit your questions.  Geoff will be glad to answer your question or refer it to one of our ARRL Technical Specialists.

Click here for the online Contact and Information Form.  Give us a day or two to service your inquiry.

CONTACT ONE OF OUR ARRL TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

Check back here.  We will post a list of the ARRL Technical Specialist and their contact email as soon as it is available.

ARRL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE

This resource is available to ARRL members (some parts of it non members can access).  It is a one stop resource for technical assistance that is very well done by ARRL Headquarters.  The following are the most popular features:


READY AND ABLE TO HELP?  BECOME A TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

Amateur Radio Operators who are interested in promoting technical advancements are encouraged to apply for a Technical Specialist (TS) appointment. You may apply to be an ARRL Technical Specialist by filling out an online ARRL Station Appointment Application

There are two main areas of responsibility: Radio Frequency Interference and Technical Information.  Technical Specialists can specialize in a specific area or can be a generalist.   Some examples of TS duties are:

  • Serve as a technical advisor to local hams and clubs. Correspond by telephone and letter on tech topics. Refer correspondents to other sources if specific topic is outside TS’s knowledge.
  • Serve as advisor in radio frequency interference issues. RFI can drive a wedge in neighbor and city relations. It will be the TS with a cool head who will resolve problems. Local hams will come to you for guidance in dealing with interference problems.
  • Speak at local clubs on popular tech topics. Let local clubs know you’re available and willing.
  • Represent ARRL at technical symposiums in industry; serve on CATV advisory committees; advise municipal governments on technical matters.
  • Work with other ARRL officials and appointees when called upon for technical advice, especially in emergency communications situations where technical prowess can mean the difference in getting a communications system up and running, the difference between life and death.
  • Handle other miscellaneous technically-related tasks assigned by the Technical Coordinator

If you are interested in applying for a Technical Specialist Appointment in the West Central Florida Section, you can fill out the online ARRL Station Appointment Application Form.

The Technical program of the ARRL Field Organization in each section is coordinated by the Technical Coordinator (TC) – The West Central Florida Section Technical Coordinator is Geoff Haines, N1GY.

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